Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.
The owners and MLBPA are standing at-odds on a 2020 season, which is looking shorter and shorter, and less and less likely with each passing day. On the bright side, the Athletics’s ownership figured out their not paupers. Also, and most importantly, deafening silence form most teams, and the league itself, following the George Floyd killing and subsequent protests.
News & Notes
114 - Game season proposed by the MLBPA was rejected by the league last week. With owners dug-in on paying the players a prorated share of their salary, and many players vocally saying they will not do that under any circumstance, the league is at a standstill .
2 - Two professional sports leads are set to play-out the rest of their seasons, with the NBA and NHL preparing for a mini-camp before restarting their season. Jayson Stark appeared on The Rich Eisen Show, and laid out some options, but things are not looking good.
1 - Team stopped paying their Minor Leaguers entirely, but Oakland ownership reversed-course last week. Susan Slusser reported that A’s owner John Fisher admitted he made a mistake, and rectified it.
5 - Teams have issued statements regarding the political demonstrations and protests following the George Floyd killing. Only the Twins, A’s, Giants, Mets, and Blue Jays have made any mention of it, while the league has been silent as well.
2021 - The next time we’ll see Pirates starter Chris Archer on the field, after his recent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer only made 23 starts totally 119 ⅔ innings last year, since he shortened his season due to shoulder discomfort. He only pitched two spring training innings and now will be recovering the remainder of 2020.
??? - Days until Opening Day.